On the Edge of Orthodox Medicine
– Thu 23 May, 16:00 – 17:30

#1 Presenter: Anders Bank Lodahl, PhD
Visiting Researcher,  Dept. of Sports Sci. & Clinical Biomechanics, Uni. of Southern Denmark.

Skodsborg Badesanatorium, 1898-1992
Skodsborg Badesanatorium was founded in 1898 on the Seventh-Day Adventist principles of health it promoted health through a preventive holistic lifestyle based on vegetarianism without unhealthy stimuli as alcohol, tobacco, coffee and tea with treatments with light, water and fresh air. These principles were in the beginning of the 20th century a part of the health reform movement, which held a mild critic against the established medical system.

Even though the orthodox medicine did incorporate some of these ideas, they were never fully accepted. All through its existents the sanitarium had to interpret its commitment to these principles in relation to the orthodox medicine and the established medical system. The sanitarium is an example of how a private health institution thrived while in being alternative enough to provide, what patients could not get at the public hospitals, but still orthodox enough to keep its scientific reliability.

Especially in the 1930s the founding doctor, Carl Ottosen, succeeded in placing the sanitarium in the forefront of the orthodox medicine by its focus on preventive medicine and especially the physical treatments deriving from the health reform movement. In this period the sanatorium called itself the largest health resort in Scandinavia.

Less successful was the sanitarium in the 1980s, when it, inspired by the new preventive focus in orthodox medicine, tried to renew their image of preventive medicine build on an outspoken Adventist holistic view on health. This turn also included treatments like acupuncture, which were not fully accepted in the orthodox medicine and rejected by the Adventist organization because of religious concerns. This holistic turn was a part of an unsuccessful effort to find new ways to attract new private patients before its closure in 1992.